Profile of Dr Franck P. Vidal

Franck P. Vidal
Senior Tutor, Disability Tutor
+44 1248 382834
Room 325, Dean Street

Dr Franck P. Vidal holds a lectureship at the School of Computer Science, Bangor University (UK).  He joined the university in 2011, and he is a member of the Visualization and Medical Graphics (VMG) Group and of the Research Institute of Visual Computing (RIVIC).  His main research interests are medical virtual environments, computer graphics, haptics, GPU programming, image and signal processing, evolutionary algorithms, and medical physics (inc. X-ray imaging, tomography, interventional radiology, and radiotherapy).

He completed his undergraduate studies in Computer Science in 2000 at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France) and in Computer Graphics in 2001 at Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne (France). He holds two Masters degrees, M.Sc in Computer-Aided Graphical Technology Applications from the University of Teesside (UK) and DEA (research master) in "Images & Systèmes" of INSA Lyon (France). Work experience includes a research studentship at the Laboratory of Non-destructive Testing Using Ionizing Radiations, CNDRI Laboratory - INSA Lyon, teaching computer graphics at CRESPA, Lyon (now Groupe Sciences-U), and working as a freelance programmer. He achieved his PhD research in the School of Computer Science at Bangor University in 2008. His research area addressed medical virtual environments, particularly for interventional radiology training. He worked on a simulator for ultrasound guided needle puncture: BIGNePSi (Bangor Image Guided Needle Puncture Simulator).

Following up his PhD research, Dr Vidal worked as a research officer in the School of Computer Science at Bangor University. He collaborated within the CRaIVE consortium on the implementation and the validation of a virtual reality simulator for visceral needle puncture funded under the Health Technology Devices (HTD) Programme: ImaGINe-S (Imaging Guided Interventional Needle Simulation). Dr Vidal was the technical coordinator of this large multi-disciplinary project involving 5 UK Universities.  ImaGINe-S was awarded 2nd place in the Eurographics 2009 Medical Prize “for its innovative use of computer graphics in a complex system that is already far advanced towards clinical use” (see here for a YouTube video to learn more about the simulator). Dr Vidal was also involved in teaching computer graphics programming to undergraduate students, with a focus on OpenGL and Mobile 3D Graphics (M3G) and he supervised various undergraduate and postgraduate final year projects.

In late 2008, Dr Vidal joined INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique -- the French national research institute in computer science and automation) within the APIS team (Analysis of irregular Processes, Images and Signal, application to biology and medicine) where he was investigating the use of evolutionary algorithms in tomography for nuclear medicine applications. In addition to his research duties, Dr Vidal supervised a postgraduate project and taught computer graphics and image synthesis to 4th year students at EFREI.  He also acted as scientific consultant for NDRC, Dublin, Ireland.In 2010, he joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he was investigating the use of GPU programming for the fast simulation of Compton scattering for digitally reconstructed radiograph (DRR) computations.  In addition, Dr Vidal followed clinical training and he performed fluence checks of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plans and carried out the monthly quality assurance (QA) of linear accelerators.In 2011, Dr Vidal joined the AVIZ (analysis and visualization) team at INRIA in order to investigate multimodal visualisation of MRI data.  Dr Vidal joined the lecturing staff at Bangor University in 2011 and will be part of the RIVIC research group focussing on visualisation and simulation.


Scientific Journals (peer reviewed articles)

1. P.-F. Villard, F.P. Vidal, C. Hunt, F. Bello, N.W. John, S. Johnson and D.A. Gould: “A prototype percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography training simulator with real-time breathing motion”. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (November 2009), Springer. Volume 4, Issue 6, pp. 571-578. DOI: 10.1007/s11548-009-0367-1.

2. F.P. Vidal, N.W. John, D.A. Gould and A.E. Healey: “Simulation of Ultrasound Guided Needle Puncture using Patient Specific Data with 3D Textures and Volume Haptics”. Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds (May 2008), John Wiley & Sons. Volume 19, Issue 2, pp. 111-127. DOI: 10.1002/cav.217.

3. F.P. Vidal, F. Bello, K. W. Brodlie, D. A. Gould, N. W. John, R. Phillips and N.J. Avis: “Principles and Applications of Computer Graphics in Medicine”. Computer Graphics Forum (March 2006), Blackwell. Volume 25, Issue 1, pp. 113-137.DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8659.2006.00822.x.

4. F.P. Vidal, J.M. L´etang, G. Peix and P. Cloetens: “Investigation of artefact sources in synchrotron microtomography via virtual X-ray imaging”. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B (June 2005), Elsevier. Volume 234, Issue 3, pp. 333-348. DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2005.02.003.

Book Chapters

1. D. Gould, F. Bello, N. John, S. Johnson, C. Hunt, H. Woolnough, A. Bulpitt, V. Luboz, D. King, P.-F. Villard, S. Pisharody, F. Vidal and A. Sinha: “Simulator development in vascular and visceral interventions”. In Innovative Cardiovascular Procedures. Eds. Alain Branchereau, Michael Jacobs. Edizione Minerva Medica, Turin, Italy. p11-28 (2009). ISBN 88-7711-637-7.

International Conferences (peer reviewed articles)

1. F.P. Vidal, ´ E. Lutton, J. Louchet and J.-M. Rocchisani: “Threshold selection, mitosis and dual mutation in cooperative coevolution: application to medical 3D tomography”. In International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving From Nature (PPSN’10), Krakow, Poland, 11 - 15 September 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Springer, Heidelberg. Volume 6238, pp. 414-423. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-15844-5 42.

2. F.P. Vidal, M. Garnier, N. Freud, J. M. L´etang and N. W. John: “Accelerated deterministic simulation of x-ray attenuation using graphics hardware”. In Eurographics 2010 - Poster, Norrk¨oping, Sweden, 3 - 7 May 2010. Eurographics Association. Poster 5011.

3. F.P. Vidal, J. Louchet, J.-M. Rocchisani and ´ E. Lutton: “New genetic operators in the Fly algorithm: application to medical PET image reconstruction”. In EuropeanWorkshop on Evolutionary Computation in Image Analysis and Signal Processing (EvoIASP’10), Istanbul, Turkey, 7 - 9 April 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2010, Springer, Heidelberg. Volume 6024, Part I, pp. 292-301. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12239-2 30. Nominated for best paper award.

4. F.P. Vidal, D. Lazaro-Ponthus, S. Legoupil, J. Louchet, ´ E. Lutton and J.-M. Rocchisani: “Artificial Evolution for 3D PET Reconstruction”. In Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Artificial Evolution (EA’09), Strasbourg, France, 26 - 28 October 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Heidelberg. Volume 5975, pp. 37-48. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-14156-0 4.

5. F. Bello, A. Bulpitt, D.A. Gould, R. Holbrey, C. Hunt, N.W. John, S. Johnson, R. Phillips, A. Sinha, F.P. Vidal, P.-F.Villard and H. Woolnough: “ImaGiNe-S : Imaging Guided Needle Simulation”. Second prize and winner of C300 at Eurographics 2009 - Medical Prize, Eurographics 2009, Munich, Germany, 30 March - 3 April 2009, pp 5-8.

6. F.P. Vidal, P.-F. Villard, R. Holbrey, N.W. John, F. Bello, A. Bulpitt and D.A. Gould: “Developing An Immersive Ultrasound
Guided Needle Puncture Simulator”. In Proceeding of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 - NextMed: Design for/the
Well Being (MMVR17), Long Beach, California, 19 - 22 January 2009. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, IOS
Press. Volume 142, pp. 398-400.

7. L. ap Cynydd, N.W. John, F.P. Vidal, D.A. Gould, E. Joekes and P. Littler: “Cost Effective Ultrasound Imaging Training Mentor for use in Developing Countries”. In Proceeding of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 - NextMed: Design for/the Well Being (MMVR17), Long Beach, California, 19 - 22 January 2009. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, IOS
Press. Volume 142, pp. 49-54.

8. N.W. John, V. Luboz, F. Bello, C. Hughes, F.P. Vidal, I.S. Lim, T.V. How, J. Zhai, S. Johnson, N. Chalmers, K. Brodlie, A. Bulpit, Y. Song, D.O. Kessel, R. Phillips, J.W. Ward, S. Pisharody, Y. Zhang, C.M. Crawshaw and D.A. Gould: “Physicsbased virtual environment for training core skills in vascular interventional radiological procedures”. In Proceeding of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 16 - parallel, combinatorial, convergent: NextMed By Design (MMVR16), Long Beach, California, 29 January - 1 February 2008. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, IOS Press. Volume 132, pp. 195-197.

9. F.P. Vidal, N.W. John and R.M. Guillemot: “Interactive Physically-based X-ray simulation: CPU or GPU?” In Proceeding of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 15 - in vivo, in vitro, in silico: Designing the Next in Medicine (MMVR15), Long Beach, California, 6 - 9 February 2007. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, IOS Press. Volume 125, pp. 479-481.

10. F.P. Vidal, N. Chalmers, D.A. Gould, A.E. Healey and N.W. John: “Developing a needle guidance virtual environment with patient specific data and force feedback”. In Proceeding of the 19th International Congress of CARS - Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, Berlin, Germany, 22 - 25 June 2005. International Congress Series, Elsevier. Volume
1281, pp. 418-423. DOI: 10.1016/j.ics.2005.03.200

11. F.P. Vidal, F. Bello, K. Brodlie, N.W. John, D. Gould, R. Phillips and N. Avis: “Principles and Applications of Medical Virtual Environments”. In State-of-the-art Proceedings of Eurographics 2004 (EG 2004), Grenoble, France, 30 August - 3 September 2004, pp. 1-35.

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